Madison protests cost WI taxpayers millions

posted at 3:35 pm on April 20, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

The tab to keep Madison operating through the weeks of union attempts to shut down the legislature has yet to be calculated entirely, but it has already run into the millions, according to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.  The bill from the Department of Natural Resources alone for its personnel topped $350,000, and the parking tab for police to park their vehicles approached $100,000:

The state Department of Administration is still tallying up the expenses run up by law enforcement agencies and other departments during the weeks of protests at the Capitol.

For many days on end, there were hundreds of law enforcement officers on duty inside and outside the building. The cost of policing is already in the millions of dollars. …

The spokeswoman provided some details on two contracts. One involved a contract worth as much as $2 million to provide miscellaneous services, including food, to county and municipal law enforcement and support staff.

When these final costs get tallied, Republicans should send the bill to the fleebagging Democratic Senators.  They drew out the drama for weeks by fleeing the state, trying to help the unions push Republicans into folding.  The extended absence forced the state to keep police and other resources bolstered in order to protect the legislature.  Had the Democrats accepted the results of the last election and participated in the actual process of governing rather than holding it hostage in an attempt to gain minority rule, the state could have saved itself millions of dollars — and no small amount of embarrassment.

By the way, today is the deadline for JoAnne Kloppenburg to decide on a recount in the election that followed.  So far her campaign has remained mum on whether she plans to challenge the election results, but the state’s election board signed off on the results from Waukesha County late yesterday, putting to rest one controversy from the election:

The state’s top election watchdog agency announced Tuesday that it has satisfied itself that results certified by Waukesha County Clerk Kathy Nickolaus for the April 5 election are consistent with totals reported by municipalities, though “a few anomalies” were found in a four-day investigation.

Those discrepancies involved only a handful of votes.

“After completing the review of the election materials from Waukesha County, there were some discrepancies found in the Government Accountability Board’s evaluation of the Waukesha County election returns that could not be explained based upon the documentation reviewed,” the board staff said in a statement.

Kloppenburg won’t have to pay for a recount, since the margin of victory — 7,313 votes — falls just barely below the 0.5% threshold for a state-funded recount, if requested.  Kloppenburg will have to decide whether to stick Wisconsin taxpayers with an even bigger bill on behalf of the sore losers that have now failed spectacularly twice in the past three months.  Given the amount of votes she would have to make up, a recount would make for a hat trick of failure.


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Of course she’ll ask for a recount. If there is one thing democrats do really, really well, it is spend other people’s money.

Rational Thought on April 20, 2011 at 3:37 PM

Water cannons woulda been cost effective…

Akzed on April 20, 2011 at 3:38 PM

This is what democracy looks like.

Rocks on April 20, 2011 at 3:38 PM

Besides, the recount is BOUND to find 15,000 ballots in a the trunks of cars, cemetery tombs, office building and gopher holes.

Troika37 on April 20, 2011 at 3:39 PM

Gosh those union thugs really did their thing didn’t they? If I was in charge or in a sane world, the millions would be taken out of every person’s salary that was in the protest till it was paid off. That goes to those fleebaggers salary also.
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letget on April 20, 2011 at 3:39 PM

Heck yeah, send them a bill. Send each union that was seen hanging around on the grounds a portion of it too, and any other groups or individuals that can be identified by videotape.

Murf76 on April 20, 2011 at 3:40 PM

Send the bill to the Unions.

Better yet, dock the pay of those Union’s members that participated.

ajacksonian on April 20, 2011 at 3:40 PM

“When these final costs get tallied, Republicans should send the bill to the fleebagging Democratic Senators.”

Whilst they are at it…

… split the bill with the unions.

Seven Percent Solution on April 20, 2011 at 3:41 PM

Make sure you read Lindsey Graham’s twitter feed right now… the NLRB is pretty much trying to make it illegal to move from a unionized state to a Right to Work state… it’s ridiculous…

http://twitter.com/GrahamBlog

ninjapirate on April 20, 2011 at 3:42 PM

Madison protests cost WI taxpayers millions
“Racist, teacher-hating Republicans who were unwilling to compromise towards common-sense reforms cost taxpayers millions when they forced noble Democratic Senators to leave the state in hopes that justice and fair-minded legislation would prevail.”

 

 
FIFY.
 
- MSM

rogerb on April 20, 2011 at 3:43 PM

I know a couple of Doctors that should also bear some of the cost…

/

Seven Percent Solution on April 20, 2011 at 3:44 PM

Unions: “It’s all paid for from Obama’s stash.’

Sir Napsalot on April 20, 2011 at 3:45 PM

Here is Boeing’s response to the NLRB complaint…

http://boeing.mediaroom.com/index.php?s=43&item=1714

ninjapirate on April 20, 2011 at 3:45 PM

Yea, how dare people protest the government! Let’s have the republicans run on a platform of banning political protests! Who do these plebeians think they are!!!!!

Rainsford on April 20, 2011 at 3:47 PM

Hope walker does send the bill to the fleabaggers…..pay every last cent

cmsinaz on April 20, 2011 at 3:48 PM

If Kleptonbug demands that taxpayer-funded vanity recount, the recall nonsense is even deader than it already is.

Enough is enough.

forest on April 20, 2011 at 3:49 PM

This is what democracy looks like.

Rocks on April 20, 2011 at 3:38 PM

Hump. Bot.

Jaibones on April 20, 2011 at 3:50 PM

2nd that jaibones

cmsinaz on April 20, 2011 at 3:52 PM

Water cannons woulda been cost effective…

Akzed on April 20, 2011 at 3:38 PM

Now that was funny when you think about it.

Good job.

Knucklehead on April 20, 2011 at 3:52 PM

Yea, how dare people protest the government! Let’s have the republicans run on a platform of banning political protests! Who do these plebeians think they are!!!!!

Rainsford on April 20, 2011 at 3:47 PM

Protest fine. Do it respectfully and legally like you’ll see from 99.999% of tea partiers.

Occupying the state capitol building day and night, trying to physically rush the chambers, issuing dozens of death threats etc are not forms of protest. It’s thuggery, and it’s expensive to police and clean up after.

forest on April 20, 2011 at 3:53 PM

OBAMA MONEY!

SouthernGent on April 20, 2011 at 3:54 PM

This is what democracy looks like.

Rocks on April 20, 2011 at 3:38 PM
Hump. Bot.

Jaibones on April 20, 2011 at 3:50 PM

Kloppy sez: No Hump Bot for you HotAirHeads, I want my recount!

fossten on April 20, 2011 at 3:55 PM

Make sure you read Lindsey Graham’s twitter feed right now… the NLRB is pretty much trying to make it illegal to move from a unionized state to a Right to Work state… it’s ridiculous…

http://twitter.com/GrahamBlog

ninjapirate on April 20, 2011 at 3:42 PM

I’m surprised Ford isn’t throwing down on this.

With the UAW owning large parts of GM and Chrysler, Ford would be best off abandoning Michigan and other pro-union states in favor of states like Texas or Mississippi so that they aren’t at the mercy of their competitors.

teke184 on April 20, 2011 at 3:55 PM

They should have closed the capitol overnight and opened it again in the mornings. Allowing peoplet to spend the night in the state house is ridiculous. Protest all you want to outside.

kringeesmom on April 20, 2011 at 3:57 PM

Send the bill to the Unions.

Better yet, dock the pay of those Union’s members that participated.

ajacksonian on April 20, 2011 at 3:40 PM

Much easier to simply identify the unions in question, make it known that *every* member of those unions would get docked X% of their pay weekly until the balance was paid off, but that the list of union members wouldn’t be prepared and finalized until 5/1.

Give union members a chance to leave their unions en masse to avoid it, and put the unions into the grave once and for all. Sure, it’d be nice to milk that money out of the scum responsible for spending it, but it’ll be even more nice to kill the unions altogether and never have to deal with them again.

Midas on April 20, 2011 at 3:58 PM

HUMPBOT!!

kringeesmom on April 20, 2011 at 3:58 PM

Give union members a chance to leave their unions en masse to avoid it, and put the unions into the grave once and for all. Sure, it’d be nice to milk that money out of the scum responsible for spending it, but it’ll be even more nice to kill the unions altogether and never have to deal with them again.

Midas on April 20, 2011 at 3:58 PM

And they accuse Republicans of being union busters… Why would they think that?

petunia on April 20, 2011 at 4:02 PM

What is the point of her waiting until 1 hour before the deadline anyway? It’s not like anything has changed in the last few days.

Rocks on April 20, 2011 at 4:04 PM

With the UAW owning large parts of GM and Chrysler, Ford would be best off abandoning Michigan and other pro-union states in favor of states like Texas or Mississippi so that they aren’t at the mercy of their competitors.

The UAW owns Ford too… Ford is just much better at managing the relationship…

ninjapirate on April 20, 2011 at 4:06 PM

There will be a press conference from the Kloppenburg camp at 4 pm Central, 1 hour before the deadline to ask for a recount.

If, by some fluke, she does not ask for one, then after a state-level canvass of the votes by the Government Accountability Board, the GAB will certify the results and release same on May 15. If there is a recount, let’s just say that it’s going to go to a kangaroo court at the state level.

steveegg on April 20, 2011 at 4:07 PM

And they accuse Republicans of being union busters… Why would they think that?

petunia on April 20, 2011 at 4:02 PM

You say that like it’s a bad thing.

I know not all Republicans would agree, but I certainly don’t mind begin accused of being in favor of union busting. They’ve long ago outlived the benefits they ever provided and turned into a cancerous tumor.

Midas on April 20, 2011 at 4:07 PM

I’m sure some RINO will run in and say that Prosser should not cause any trouble and just give the seat to the Dems.

flytier on April 20, 2011 at 4:08 PM

What is the point of her waiting until 1 hour before the deadline anyway? It’s not like anything has changed in the last few days.

Rocks on April 20, 2011 at 4:04 PM

She’s trying to decide whether being thrown under the ObamiBus for not pursuing all means possible is worse than being on the receiving end of a 7th Federal Circuit Court of Appeals smackdown.

steveegg on April 20, 2011 at 4:10 PM

The spokeswoman provided some details on two contracts. One involved a contract worth as much as $2 million to provide miscellaneous services, including food, to county and municipal law enforcement and support staff.
When these final costs get tallied, Republicans should send the bill to the fleebagging Democratic Senators. They drew out the drama for weeks by fleeing the state, trying to help the unions push Republicans into folding. The extended absence forced the state to keep police and other resources bolstered in order to protect the legislature. Had the Democrats accepted the results of the last election and participated in the actual process of governing rather than holding it hostage in an attempt to gain minority rule, the state could have saved itself millions of dollars — and no small amount of embarrassment.

Send the bill to the union thugs. Any Public Employee Union who participated in the protest should be billed pro-rata in proportion to the number of members.

Steve Z on April 20, 2011 at 4:10 PM

Yea, how dare people protest the government! Let’s have the republicans run on a platform of banning political protests! Who do these plebeians think they are!!!!!
 
Rainsford on April 20, 2011 at 3:47 PM

 
Except these weren’t “people” as you use the term. “People” don’t shut down schools when they protest. They were teachers who were prohibited from striking under prior agreements.
 
You did know that, right?

rogerb on April 20, 2011 at 4:11 PM

Does anybody doubt
That Kloppenberg would have won
Had the vote been prompt?

On Election Night
Kloppy would have found enough
If only they’d known.

Those dirty ‘Pubbies!
They shut off their vote machine
Before it was time!

Haiku Guy on April 20, 2011 at 4:13 PM

They should have closed the capitol overnight and opened it again in the mornings. Allowing peoplet to spend the night in the state house is ridiculous. Protest all you want to outside.

kringeesmom on April 20, 2011 at 3:57 PM

Sounds good now, but the video of police kicking out this trash every evening would have been media gold for the protesters. Better to let these stinky freaks make asses of themselves, even if it cost way too much.

tcn on April 20, 2011 at 4:13 PM

One way to look at this is that the money went to local businesses and statewide, possibly even national businesses…if there’s a payment to a contractor, that goes to free enterprise which is what we all want anyway. One would think that the state could sue responsible parties, but they would have to show exactly who did what and when, which shouldn’t be too hard given all the press.

Also, I was just thinking of how much all those hippie protests back in the ’60s and ’70s must have cost?

Dr. ZhivBlago on April 20, 2011 at 4:25 PM

and the parking tab for police to park their vehicles approached $100,000:

I know the loons caused costs to go crazy but this one kind of befuddles me; can’t the government just waive the parking costs? It’s not like someone had to be paid for leaving a car sitting unoccupied. That one’s a little odd.

Big John on April 20, 2011 at 4:35 PM

Stop collecting union dues…

karra on April 20, 2011 at 4:41 PM

can’t the government just waive the parking costs? It’s not like someone had to be paid for leaving a car sitting unoccupied. That one’s a little odd.

Big John on April 20, 2011 at 4:35 PM

They may have parked in private garages.

TexasDan on April 20, 2011 at 4:43 PM

Yea, how dare people protest the government! Let’s have the republicans run on a platform of banning political protests! Who do these plebeians think they are!!!!!

Rainsford on April 20, 2011 at 3:47 PM

Wow. I didn’t think I’d see it happen. But we have found a troll even more insane than Ernesto. Congrats!

angryed on April 20, 2011 at 4:54 PM

Recount! per WTMJ–Milwaukee.

Barnestormer on April 20, 2011 at 4:55 PM

Recount! per WTMJ–Milwaukee.

Barnestormer on April 20, 2011 at 4:55 PM

Of course! What’s another million dollars of the tax payers money. It was a razor thin win by Prosser. Only 7000 plus votes s/

sandee on April 20, 2011 at 5:02 PM

What a selfish…..

Rocks on April 20, 2011 at 5:03 PM

What a selfish…..

Rocks on April 20, 2011 at 5:03 PM

Democrat.

forest on April 20, 2011 at 5:05 PM

Kloppenburg asks for statewide recount!

P. Monk on April 20, 2011 at 5:06 PM

Kleptoburg has no other choice. This is going to cost the state money, and she has no chance to win without either cheating or having some activist judge somehow completely subvert the election. These things are just irresistible to a good Democrat.

forest on April 20, 2011 at 5:09 PM

In the long run this is going to backfire big on the fleebaggers. Another million dollars to waste on an election that isn’t even close? I’d emphasize that every single day if I was Republican .

sandee on April 20, 2011 at 5:13 PM

Really dumb move, Kloppy.

Missy on April 20, 2011 at 5:16 PM

And the stealing begins. I sure hope Prosser’s got the stomach for what’s about to come. Of course they’re going to find 7,314 votes for Kloppy — they’re all filled out and ready to go, nicely distributed across democrat precincts so as not to look too, too suspicious. Then what? Armageddon? How much are conservatives in that state willing to fight?

And, if the state is forced to “investigate” Waukesha County, then by all means let’s throw in an investigation of those 10,000 undervotes in Milwaukee. That should be interesting…

Rational Thought on April 20, 2011 at 5:18 PM

Kloppy decides to add some money to the tab by calling for a recount.

Hey, why not? It’s all FREEEEEEEEE!!!!

PackerBronco on April 20, 2011 at 5:19 PM

At least Walker is no wimpy Pawlenty who all but gave the election away to the a..hat Dhimmi clown.

sandee on April 20, 2011 at 5:21 PM

Kloppenburg said an investigation of the Waukesha County clerk was necessary and that something must be done so that “real change” comes to election practices and procedures in Waukesha County.

Sore Loser Alert

J_Crater on April 20, 2011 at 5:26 PM

Of course she’ll ask for a recount. If there is one thing democrats do really, really well, it is spend other people’s money.

Rational Thought on April 20, 2011 at 3:37 PM

Yep, spot on. Who here thinks she would have asked for the recount if the margin were just a little above 0.5% and she had to pay from her pocket? Kinda similar to the Dane County Dem (Falk) who quickly dropped a lawsuit that was thrown out by Sumi even though he could have continued to fight in a private capacity.

They are fine with tying the system with lawsuits and frivolous demands provided it is NOT their own money.

TheRightMan on April 20, 2011 at 5:32 PM

Check out the comments at the JSOnline page about her recount request. The silent majority is weighing in with their comments. Looks like it is at least 75-25.

WoosterOh on April 20, 2011 at 5:38 PM

Kloppenburg said an investigation of the Waukesha County clerk was necessary and that something must be done so that “real change” comes to election practices and procedures in Waukesha County.

Sore Loser Alert

J_Crater on April 20, 2011 at 5:26 PM

Talk about tipping your post-recount judicial challenge hand. BTW, the most-likely reserve judge to hear that case – former Supreme Court justice “Loophole” Louis Butler, he of the lead paint lawsuit overreach (unceremoniously tossed from the bench by we the voters in 2008).

steveegg on April 20, 2011 at 5:41 PM

For many days on end, there were hundreds of law enforcement officers on duty inside and outside the building. The cost of policing is already in the millions of dollars. …

Unfortunately those police officers became a part of the protest because they have their own greedy union to watch out for. Nice scam if you can get it.

slickwillie2001 on April 20, 2011 at 5:41 PM

…and the parking tab for police to park their vehicles approached $100,000.

At first i had no idea what this meant. I imagined like $100,000 worth of quarters for parking meters or something.

But it turns out that the police actually paid security to watch their cars for them! I can only assume the parking lot security guards were unionized.

Rude on April 20, 2011 at 5:45 PM

Occupying the state capitol building day and night, trying to physically rush the chambers, issuing dozens of death threats etc are not forms of protest. It’s thuggery, and it’s expensive to police and clean up after.

forest on April 20, 2011 at 3:53 PM

I thought I remembered seeing that someone had cr*pped on the Capitol floor…

Mary in LA on April 20, 2011 at 5:55 PM

When these final costs get tallied, Republicans should send the bill to the fleebagging Democratic Senators.

NO! First you take the salary the fleabaggers gave up when they fled the state. THEN you bill them for the rest!

GarandFan on April 20, 2011 at 6:10 PM

When these final costs get tallied, Republicans should send the bill to the fleebagging Democratic Senators.

NO! First you take the salary the fleabaggers gave up when they fled the state. THEN you bill them for the rest!

GarandFan on April 20, 2011 at 6:10 PM

When these final costs get tallied, Republicans should send the bill to the fleebagging Democratic Senators. They drew out the drama for weeks by fleeing the state, trying to help the unions push Republicans into folding.

Ed, shouldn’t the bill be sent to Organizing for America, and David Plouffe? Surely this can come out of campaign funds for the 2012 Presidential Campaign.

Dr Evil on April 20, 2011 at 6:18 PM

Actually, I’d rather they started with taking the fleebaggers’ salaries for walking out, then billing the unions for their activists/thugs wrecking the place.

PS- I hope they hired non-union janitors to clean the place up just to twist the knife a little.

LFRGary on April 20, 2011 at 8:54 PM

and the parking tab for police to park their vehicles approached $100,000:

I know the loons caused costs to go crazy but this one kind of befuddles me; can’t the government just waive the parking costs? It’s not like someone had to be paid for leaving a car sitting unoccupied. That one’s a little odd.

Big John on April 20, 2011 at 4:35 PM

I was thinking that they parked in nearby private parking garages? If not, then I’d agree with you.

If they did park at a private parking concession, then you would think PD supervisors would have said, “Wait, this is going to cost the city an arm and a leg!” and carpool or bus them in..

Depending on how much is charged per hour, makes me think that folks visiting downtown and city workers (validated by the city?) might be getting gouged on a daily basis. It’s Madison, Wisconsin, not downtown Chicago or New York City. But, I don’t know the details, so it might have been a reasonable charge.

Dr. ZhivBlago on April 20, 2011 at 9:12 PM

Unions are like locusts:

http://vimeo.com/15495769

cmunki on April 20, 2011 at 11:48 PM